Friday, January 25, 2013

Une Boite en Bois

I took French for 4 years in highschool.

4 years!

Want to know what I remember?

I can ask you what time it is.

And tell you my name.

Yup, pretty much that's it.


But thanks to Google Translator I can tell you what this cool wooden box says

It's an address for  the House (Maison) of C. Riffard
32 Peletier Street
That last word (Succursales) means branches....? That's got me stumped
No matter what it means, you have to admit a little bit of french script makes anything look awesome!
Here is how this box started out:

There's no denying, it's a nice old solid wood box.

It has great wear and color to it.

But after a little painting, now it's tres chic!

I knew I wanted to something amazing with the box, but couldn't quite decide, until I saw THIS TRUNK at Ava Blake Creations.

I used the same grapic from THE GRAPHICS FAIRY but with it being on wood instead of the metal trunk, it gives it a totally different look.

How did I do it?


There are many ways to transfer an image to almost any surface. Check out this link from the GRAPHICS FAIRY to see several simple ways.

I used an overhead projector to project the image onto the box, then used a paint pen to fill it in.

After the paint dried I sanded it to make it look old and worn, then used some dark wax to age it even more.

I'm kind of torn on whether to sell it or not, but I think I'll put it in the store.

If it doesn't sell quickly, it may become a permanent fixture dans ma maison!

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  1. Oooh, la, la! Your French box is tres magnifique! Love the graphic you chose, what a great transformation!

  2. I took French for 4 years also and am in the same boat. I just happened on your blog from the party and it's so funny because I am doing a french transfer on a bureau. I will blog about it next week when I finish. I love, love love your box! Turned out super cute!

  3. Very cute! I love decorating with old boxes and crates.

  4. Love it! It looks so natural! I would keep it :) Thank you for linking this up to Rustic Restorations Weekend!

  5. Amy, I absolutely LOVE this!!! Turned out fabulous!! Thanks for sharing over at MMS ~ Have a great weekend, Shelly

  6. Found you from Fingerprints on the Fridge. Love the results! I have an ld wooden lockbox that this project would be perfect for! Thanks for the inspiration!!

    Jen @ Noting Grace

  7. I have a box I've been wanting to do something similar to that holds our firewood. This would be perfect! Thanks!!

  8. I love how your French Box turned out. Very Chic! Thanks for sharing at Simple & Sweet Fridays.


  9. I thought this was original until you told me you created it!! great job, I'd hang on to this!!

  10. Hello!
    Show and Tell Saturday at Sassy Little Lady is LIVE! I’d love to have you share your post!